I realized that my pants inventory is rather low, so I thought I’d sew up a couple pairs. I got some sturdy Supplex nylon at Rose City Textiles and attempted to mimic those sporty outdoorsy pants like they have at REI or in the Athleta catalog. I used a McCall’s pants pattern that I’ve used several times now (I tend to stick to standards) but added contrasting stitching and back pockets:


They’re a little baggy in the legs, and whoah, they make my butt look pretty humongous in that shot, but they are pretty comfy and rugged, and I don’t think anyone’s taking sneak peeks at my rear anyway. On to the khaki pair!

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23 Responses to pants

  1. carolyn says:

    i love ’em. who doesn’t like a big butt anyway? 🙂
    what pattern # is it?

  2. Jan says:

    Very impressive! Pants are hard enough to buy, nevermind make!!

  3. Rachael says:

    HUMONGOUS butt? Please! You look great, and your butt could never be bigger than a minute.

  4. Daphne says:

    You continue to encourage me to find a good serger! Very nice.
    Your butt actually gets lost in the pants, which isn’t terribly flattering but I’m sure they’re plenty flattering when you’re, say, gardening and moving about.

  5. Nadia says:

    Never enough cute bums around!
    I really like the contrast topstitching. It’s all about the details to give pizazz to simple pieces.

  6. patti says:

    Oh I think they are cute! YOu are so productive!

  7. claudia says:

    Those are cute. The contrast stitching came out great.

  8. Cindy says:

    Nice! I always have “issues” with the pants I sew. The key might be to stick to one pattern and tweak it for me..

  9. carrie m says:

    i’ve never had any luck sewing pants — a few pairs were so lousy that i felt bad taking them to the salvation army after I gave up hope that they’d fit me!
    so i’m terribly impressed with your finished product, particularly the cute topstitching.
    and i also stick to a few standard patterns. my fave is a halter top that i make over and over.

  10. Meredith says:

    Nice pants! I love that you made the contrast stitching pink! And those orange sneaks are fabulous, what are they?

  11. gee says:

    Tell us how easy it is to do a zipper so I don’t run off screaming every time I find a pattern that has one.
    By the way, your site rocks. I found you through Small Hands

  12. Terri says:

    Great pants! I think you did a super job and they look awesome. I also LOVE those orange running shoes!

  13. Silvia says:

    Well, I think tight nylon pants would be horrible so I like the look you got. Nice sewing.

  14. myra says:

    You are a sewing wizard! Cool pants!

  15. melissa says:

    I like the style of those pants! I never sew pants for fear that the fit will not be right.

  16. Gina says:

    Hmmm…cute pants but I wonder what the 2 Brits of “What Not to Wear” would say… How’s the Aveeno moisturizer holding up?

  17. gaile says:

    I wouldn’t say they make your butt look too big – they just look like the rise is too long and too curved for your size. But, if they’re working pants, you probably want that when sitting, squatting, and bending. the tip stitching is tres cute, and I do love the overall design!

  18. steff says:

    Lovely pants!!
    I’m still dreaming of owning a sewing machine… and enough space to place it (I live in Tokyo, you know…) See you around!

  19. susanne says:

    great pants, your mad sewing skills trip me out!

  20. brit says:

    as usual totally wowed by your skillz!

  21. Debbie says:

    The pants are great. I’m addicted to your site. Considering the nylon fabric, and it’s draping properties it will accentuate the extra fabric in the seat. The most recent issue of Threads (the one with the ruffled scarf on front) treats this problem. The front rise seems to be fine.

  22. melonpan says:

    comments are closed (good thing) for this older post, but just wanted to let you know made the matcha muffins yesterday…. i had put the batter up into the papers when i realised that i hadnt yet used the eggs… step four from the original link was missing, although i didnt realise it since i had printed out the recipe onto paper. anyways, thank you for the link and thank you for sharing!! take care and look forward to reading more posts from you!

  23. marti says:

    you did a great job on those pants. they almost make me wish that i still sewed?

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